The basic steps for initial licensure as an architect in Nebraska are:
- Graduation from a National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited program OR meet the NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards) Education Standard:
- Completion of the Architectural Experience Program (AXP), formerly known as the Intern Development Program (IDP), OR its equivalent as determined and verified by NCARB;
- Pass all sections of the NCARB Architect Registration Examination (ARE): and
- Pass an exam on the Nebraska statutes and rules. (This will be sent to the applicant upon completion of the ARE.)
Educational Debt Reimbursement Request
Architecture students may receive a $100 reimbursement from the Board if they:
- Have established an NCARB record;
- Are a graduate of a NAAB-accredited program in Nebraska;
- Have qualifying educational debt. Qualifying education debt is defined as any government or commercial loans obtained by a student for post-secondary education, tuition, other educational expenses, or reasonable living expenses, as determined by the Board.
To request reimbursement:
- Complete the Architectural Education Reimbursement Request form and send the completed form to the Board;
- Request a copy of your official transcript is sent directly to the Board's office from the granting institution. Electronic transcripts may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: Master/Doctorate graduates from the University of Nebraska, will need to request their graduate transcript from Lincoln, even if the program was offered wholly in Omaha.
- Have NCARB send verification you have established your record with them (ARE Eligibility Notice) directly to the Board;
- Your request and transcript must be received within twelve months of graduation from the NAAB-accredited architecture program.
Allow six-eight weeks for processing. Reimbursement will be in the form of a check from the State of Nebraska.